Two Scottish colleges are joining forces to build a digital skills hub – in a bid to tackle exclusion and create a powerhouse of talent for the region.

Dumfries and Galloway College and Borders College will collaborate on the new south of Scotland project, which is set to be launched in early 2022.

The initiative will drive forward efforts to eradicate digital exclusion, create a centre digital skills in the region, and ensure that employers and other stakeholders have a vast wealth of experience, expertise, and training from which to draw upon for the future.

The hub will also focus on providing upskilling and retraining for people in the area through increased digital capacity, learning, and training.

Additionally, it will seek to bridge the digital skills gap that exists locally and provide real routes into fulfilling and exciting careers in technology for students across the digital curriculum. 

Borders College and Dumfries and Galloway College say they are ‘committed to curating and promoting digital skills across the South of Scotland and to working together to achieve this’.

To ensure maximum collaboration, both institutes are calling on people from across the South of Scotland to get in touch by visiting their website.

To learn more about the new project, watch the video below.

Borders College principal Angela Cox said: “Our exciting collaboration should have a transformative impact on closing the digital skills gap identified by business and industry. 
“Additionally, to fulfil the hub’s true potential, we are seeking to actively involve and work with our South of Scotland community. Together we can make it happen. Please join our conversation today and get in touch.”

Dumfries and Galloway College Principal Joanna Campbell added: “We are thrilled to be working with our valued colleagues, friends, and partners at Borders College to promote our new digital skills hub.

“The South of Scotland has the potential to be a beacon of digital skills for Scotland and the United Kingdom and we are committed to helping our beautiful region become exactly that

“I look forward immensely to working across the sector and with all local stakeholders as we build our hub and to seeing the positive results that I’m sure will flow from it.”